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"This mosque is one of the oldest and nonpareil mosques in Iran in which orders of architecture along with the art of different periods are greatly noticeable. Made in 807A.D. by Haroonal Rashid, the Aaron arch or the old cella is the oldest part of the mosque which is linked up with its east entrance vestibule. It is said that the foundation of the mosque is laid on a fire-temple. From four directions of a 4000m² yard there are four elevated verandas which a long portico is built on both sides of them. Made by Amir Khomärtäsh in the years between 1106-1115 A.D. the two-layered brick dome and the south nave contain five valuable plaster-work inscriptions in Sols, Nastáligh and Kufic calligraphy which are masterpieces of Iranian Art. In spite of the ruinous Mogul invasion and its devastating effects, this mosque is still in all its glory. Although the north veranda and fine tiled minarets of the mosque were made in Shah Tahmasb times, the south veranda was linked up with the entrance of Khomärtäsh cella and finally the west veranda was founded by Safavid Shah Soleimän. In addition to these distinguished features, there are also other eight large naves on four sides of the yard, and one underground nave in the southwest of the mosque which its building was completed by Sádol Saltaneh in Qajar period."
From the website of the Qazvin tourist information: http://qazvintourism.com/eindex.htm

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